Prague

Prague, home to more than 1.2 million inhabitants, is an important industrial and business centre, but it is undoubtedly a centre of history with long cultural, social and political traditions that it is most famed. Many interesting museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural venues are located within a short walking distance of the meeting site. Attending the meeting will not only offer an opportunity to enjoy a full scientific programme, including discussions on state of the art developments by leading figures, but will also provide a chance to discover the beauties of the city, its valuable historical monuments and rich cultural and social life.

Web pages with information about Prague

The official information site of the Prague city authority is available on: http://www.praha-mesto.cz/

The most complex information about Prague including its history, monuments, cultural events, accommodation possibilities, etc., can be obtained in 6 languages (Czech, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish) from the official site of the Prague Information Service: http://www.pis.cz.

Transportation

From airport

Prague’s Vaclava Havla International Airport is situated about 16 km north-west of the centre of the city. Travel time between the centre and the airport terminal is 25-40 minutes by taxi. By public transport:

Nádraží Veleslavín (metro A) – Letiště (Prague Airport), bus 119
  • interval: 5 to 20 minutes,
  • travel time: 17 minutes,
  • route: Nádraží Veleslavín (A) – Divoká Šárka – Nová Šárka – Dědina – K Letišti – Terminál 3 (private and charter flights)– Na Padesátníku – U Hangáru – Terminál 1 (flights to the countries beside Schengens space, intercontinental flights) – Terminál 2 (flights to the countries in Schengens space) – Letiště
Zličín (metro B) – Letiště (Prague Airport), bus 100
  • interval: 7,5 to 30 minutes,
  • travel time: 16 minutes,
  • route: Zličín (B) – K Letišti – Terminál 3 (private and charter flights) – U Hangáru – Terminál 1 (flights to the countries beside Schengens, intercontinental flights) – Terminál 2 (flights to the countries in Schengens space) – Letiště
Hlavní nádraží (metro C) – Letiště (Prague Airport), bus AE
  • interval: 30 minutes
  • travel time: 33 minutes
  • fare: the regular PIT tariff is not valid!
Complete information about transportation from/to the airport can be found at http://www.prg.aero/.

Public transportation

Underground, trams and some public buses are the quickest, cheapest and most efficient way how to get through the city centre. Complete information about Prague public transport can be found at http://www.dpp.cz/en/.

Public transport tickets:
  • ticket on the 90 minute: 32 CZK
  • all-day tiket (24 hours): 110 CZK
  • three-day ticket (72 hours): 310 CZK

Taxi

Prague taxi drivers are, unfortunately, notorious for trying to overcharge tourists. Be sure about the price per kilometer before entering any taxi. When possible, call for your taxi rather than hailing one on the street. Some more serious and safer taxi companies are, e.g., AAA (tel. 14014) or TickTack (tel.14222). Especially the cabs waiting in groups on Wenceslas Square, Old Town square or similar central locations are to be taken as predators and it is recommended to avoid them. The price limit given by city authorities is CZK 40 fixed charge, plus CZK 28 per kilometer, plus an additional charge for waiting time.

Safety

Prague is relatively safe from the point of view of crime and you need not be worried on the streets or on public transportation. The only “hot spot” in the centre is the park in front of the Main Railway Station at night. On the other hand, beware of pickpockets, especially on the main tourist routes (Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square and adjacent streets), and also in trams and on the underground.

Currency and changing money

The Czech currency unit is the Czech crown (international abbreviation “CZK”, Czech “Kč”). One crown is subdivided into 100 hellers which are rounded on a bill. Coins are minted in CZK 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50. Bills are denominated in CZK 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Exchange rate (20.4.2016): 1 EUR = 27.20 CZK.

You will easily find, especially in the centre of Prague, cash machines accepting major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard/EuroCard, American Express, Maestro, etc.). If you need to change cash, we recommend using one of the major banks. They consistently offer predictably reasonable rates, the only disadvantage being that they are opened only during banking hours. Small exchange offices operate in differing degrees of honesty and you need to look carefully at exchange rates and especially commission fees. Avoid people standing on the street asking if you want to change money. Some of them even give you counterfeit notes, non-negotiable Czechoslovak notes from the old regime, discontinued Bulgarian notes or something similar.

Post

The main post office is situated near Wenceslas Square in Jindřišská Street 14. Opening hours are 2 a.m. till midnight daily.

The post office nearest to the Symposium venue is in Kaprova Street 12, about 50 meters from the underground Station Staroměstská. It is opened on weekdays 8a.m. – 7p.m., closed on weekends. Stamps can also be purchased at newspaper stands and tobacco shops and in some large hotels.

Climate

Central European climate is mild, with low probability of extreme cold or heat. The beginning of September belongs to the most pleasant periods with temperatures usually between 15 and 25 °C. Some rain showers are possible. For the exact weather forecast, please, visit e.g.

http://weather.yahoo.com/czech-republic/hlavni-mesto-praha/

Other relevant information

Timetables of bus and train connections for the whole Czech Republic are placed (in Czech, English and German) on:

http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/

Information about the Czech Technical University in Czech and English can be found on:

http://www.cvut.cz/

Information about the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Czech and English can be found on:

http://www.fjfi.cvut.cz/